Commissioner Branson in The Australian: “Casualties pile up in ‘war on drugs'”

Opinion piece in The Australian by Sir Richard Branson, member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, on how Australia can reduce drug dependency and save lives by decriminalizing psychoactive substances. Read article.

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Commissioner Bém, Dreifuss and Kazatchkine in BMJ: “Why doctors should support regulated markets in illicit drugs”

Read original article in BMJ. Drug policy affects health. Legalisation is needed not because drugs are safe but because they are risky, write members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Michel Kazatchkine, Pavel Bém, and Ruth Dreifuss Doctors are well aware of the health risks associated with different illicit drugs. What

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Ruth Dreifuss et Pedro Pires dans Jeune Afrique: “Il faut innover en matière de lutte anti-drogue”

“Les lois actuelles sur les drogues en Afrique de l’Ouest sont loin de produire les résultats escomptés : les trafiquants se servent des côtes et du Sahara pour le transit de la cocaïne acheminée vers l’Europe et la consommation locale ne cesse d’augmenter. Les réponses publiques basées sur la prohibition sont

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Khalid Tinasti, Secrétaire exécutif dans Les Échos: “Vers une coalition mondiale de commerce du cannabis?”

Les pays qui légalisent et régulent le cannabis lancent une réflexion générale sur leur capacité à pouvoir produire et commercialiser du cannabis entre eux, sans porter atteinte au paradigme de prohibition en place dans le reste du monde. Une gageure. Lire l’article original dans Les Échos. Le débat national autour du cannabis  s’est

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Michel Kazatchkine: “Drug Control: Time to Right the Wrong Policies”

Read original article in Civil.ge The Parliament of Georgia is currently engaged in a promising debate to reform its drug laws, possibly by ending the criminalization of drug use and possession, and seeking alternatives for low-level actors in the drug trade. This would go a long way to enacting an effective drug

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Commissioners Clark and Kazatchkine: “Time for a change in drug policy in Belarus”

This opinion piece was published in Russian. Read original article in KYKY. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, countries which emerged from it and others nearby, like Belarus, experienced a wave of injecting drug use, which in turn, fueled an epidemic of HIV and hepatitis C. Belarus was exemplary in following evidence-based

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Commissioner Solana: All drug policy roads lead to Vienna in 2019

Read original article in Der Standard Austria has always had a unique role in international drug policy, being the host and the defender of the multilateral organizations that define drug control measures. This role is further enhanced as the country assumes the EU Council Presidency for the next six months, and

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Commissioners Dreifuss and Ramos-Horta: “Anti-drug drive” threatens development

Read original article in The Daily Star One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh faces formidable challenges to eradicate poverty and provide sustainable development to its communities. Yet the country has been successful in the past decade in rising to these challenges. According to the World Bank,

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Ruth Dreifuss in dem Zeit: “Stürzte täglich eine Boeing ab, würden wir doch auch etwas ändern”

Lesen Sie den Originalartikel Jeden Tag 170 Opioid-Tote, ein vollbesetztes Flugzeug: Das sind die USA. Präsident Trump will daher die Todesstrafe für Dealer. Das wird scheitern und katastrophal enden. Die Opioid-Krise in den USA trifft fast jede Region und jede soziale Schicht und führt zu 170 Todesfällen pro Tag – ungefähr die

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Chair Dreifuss in Globe and Mail: “Ottawa should decriminalize all drugs – it’s effective policy”

by Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commissioner and former President of Switzerland, and Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Read original article in Globe and Mail. Last month, Canada secured the adoption of the first-ever resolution on addressing stigma against people who use drugs at the

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